Irina received her Ph.D. in the Organization Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2017. For today she is a Global Humanities Junior Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin and a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Leonardo Davis Institute for International Relations and at The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace (2017-2018). She is a recipient of several scholarships and awards including the Hebrew University Presidential Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students (2013-2017).
She wrote her dissertation on the cross-cultural encounters in Israeli-Korean business collaborations. Her main research interests include cultural images and their impact on inter-organizational dynamics. She is also interested in Korean popular culture. In 2013, her paper on Israeli Hallyu Fandom won third prize at an article competition of the World Association of Hallyu Studies. She co-organized three international conferences on modern Korea and published several articles and book chapters including the invited paper for The Routledge Companion to Cross-Cultural Management (2015, with Michal Frenkel and Gili S. Drori).
In the past she coordinated two combined programs of Asian Studies Department with Business Administration and International Relations. This year she will teach two courses on the Korean economic miracle and on popular culture in South Korea.